Smoke Alarms for Rental Properties

House made of matches - smoke alarms detect fires

As we know, Smoke Alarms for rental properties save lives and property therefore the NZ Fire Service recommend installing “Long-life photoelectric” alarms.



How to paint a concrete swimming pool

Swimming Pool

Painting a concrete swimming pool isn’t a quick “sand it down and slap it on” kind of job! It takes time and no small amount of coordination with the tenant.

Like any kind of painting job, preparation is key and getting it wrong can be expensive and time consuming. There is a process that needs to be followed and safety equipment is essential..

This guide will assist you in getting the best results if you choose to do it yourself



Open fireplaces: Safe and Cosy or Old and Dangerous?

Open fireplaces: Safe and Cosy or Old and Dangerous?

Open fire places are found in many pre-80’s rental properties in New Zealand.

It’s important to check that your fireplace is safe. If it’s not used, you should make sure that it’s clear to the tenant that fires shouldn’t be lit in it and consider how best to heat your rental property safely and effectively.

This article explains a few of the things you should take into account to make sure you’re getting the best and safest heating for your rental.



How to check if your iron roof needs replacing

Re-roofing rust

It can be tempting to keep patching up old iron roofs. Replacing old lead-head nails, wire-brushing off any rust and rust-proofing patches. And if you’ve read Olly Newland’s books, even using a bit of canvas soaked in paint to plug holes!

However, at some point, the risk of a major leak of a roof in the neighbour’s garden will become too great to ignore any longer and you’ll have to suck it up and get quotes to completely replace the whole thing.



How to replace old aluminium louvres

how to replace old aluminium louvres

I recently had to replace three sets of aluminium window louvres because the original 1960’s rivets in the hinge had finally broken.

Initially, I thought of replacing the rivet by drilling out the old one, but the amount of force on the hinge would probably be too much for a standard rivet.

It’s much easier to just buy replacement cooper louvres from one of the major hardware stores.



Dux Quest plumbing problems

Recently, I was interested to see so much attention being given to a old plumbing product called Dux Quest in the media. Dux Quest was an early type of black plastic piping used in houses in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. Within ten years or so, it was recognised as a serious problem with pipes and fittings bursting all over the country.